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WCUCOM Professor Named to Editorial Board

Hattiesburg, Miss., November 30, 2012 - Dr. Italo Subbarao, associate professor of medicine and associate dean of planning, assessment, and competency development at William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), was recently named to the editorial board for The Journal of American Osteopathic Association (JAOA). The JAOA is the official scientific publication of the American Osteopathic Association, as well as the scholarly, peer-reviewed publication of the osteopathic medical profession.

“It is a great honor to be on this board,” said Dr. Subbarao. “For many years this journal has been the scholarly authority for osteopathic medicine. I am deeply gratified by the opportunity to serve in this capacity, promoting the growth of the profession.”

Dr. Subbarao graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before completing a fellowship at John Hopkins University. His fellowship training in emergency medicine and disaster and humanitarian assistance led him to serve as the director of the Public Health Readiness Office at the American Medical Association (AMA) Center for Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response, located in Chicago, Ill. Dr. Subbarao’s work at AMA involved responding to disasters around the world, including Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, a tsunami in Japan, and earthquakes in Haiti.
Dr. Subbarao, who came to the WCUCOM in 2012, is no stranger to scholarly writing. During the tenure of his career with AMA, he served as deputy editor for the AMA’s publication, “Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.” He has also had over 60 articles published, edited several journals and books, and continues to stay deeply involved in scholarship and research. 

“I was offered the job at the WCUCOM, and the associate dean post was a great opportunity for me and my family,” Dr. Subbarao said. “Since I arrived at WCU, my focus has been on providing the best quality of education for our medical students and promoting research in the field of osteopathic medicine.” 
“As a member of the journal’s editorial board, I look forward to supporting the WCUCOM’s efforts in promoting scholarly research and expanding opportunities for growth for this young school,” Dr. Subbarao said.